To watch and listen to a video presentation of this article: Finding a Way that Worked for Me after My Traumatic Brain Injury Video Presentation
In my experience, finding my way after my traumatic brain injury took a lot of time, trial and error. Nevertheless, I am thankful for the grace of God on my life and that I did not give up on my search.
My name is Craig J. Phillips and I sustained an open skull fracture in 1967, at the age of 10, with right frontal lobe damage, a severe brain bruise with brain stem involvement. I remained in a coma for 3 weeks.
Although I was not expected to succeed beyond high school academically, I went on to obtain both my undergraduate degree (in 10 years) and my masters degree — rehabilitation counseling (in 3 1/2 years).
Nevertheless, after 20 years of getting and losing jobs, I applied for SSDI 2 times and after going through 2 State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (s) I was declared unemployable. After being reported as being unemployable, my 3rd application for SSDI was approved and I began receiving SSDI. As a result, I felt like someone “all dressed up with no where to go”.
Nevertheless, l still had a desire to use my gifts, talents and abilities to be of service. After 7 more years of searching I found a way that worked for me. On February 6, 2007 I created Second Chance to Live. Over the course of the past 14 years I have created resources to share what I learned to enhance my ongoing brain Injury recovery process.
Please consider adding Second Chance to Live and my Resources for Ongoing Brain Injury Recovery to your list of useful resources. Thank you.
I also have been giving Zoom presentations to Brain Injury Associations, Clubhouses, and support groups throughout the United States.
To see a list of locations and presentations where these presentations have been given, click on this link:
I am available to offer these presentations at no cost.
Keynote Zoom Presentations — To Encourage, Empower and Inspire Hope
I Am More than My Brain Injury Zoom Presentation in 3 Parts
“I Am More than My Brain Injury — Understanding the People we Interact with as Individuals living with Brain Injuries” Part 2 Zoom Presentation
Understanding the Impact of Invisible Disabilities in 3 Parts